Needham Soccer Club is committed to providing opportunities for continued education and development for all our coaches through our partnership with Mass Youth Soccer and their nationally recognized coach educators in the US Soccer Federation and United Soccer Coaches (Formally NSCAA – National Soccer Coaches Association of America).
As of January 2018, U.S. Soccer has announced eight (8) new grassroots level coaching courses that will be focused on “empowering coaches through experiential learning and a player-centered approach”. The new Grassroots Licensing Courses will consist of four (4) in-person experiences and four (4) online experiences. Coaches will have the option to engage in any of these new courses – in any sequence – after completing a free introductory module provided by U.S. Soccer.
“This new, a-la-carte approach is meant to empower grassroots coaches to access education – relevant to their needs and specific coaching environment – immediately through these new low barrier opportunities,” said Frank Tschan, Director of Coaching Administration for US Soccer.
Concurrently with the roll out of the new courses, the current F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway.
As a result NSC has updated our minimum requirements for all of our coaches to align with the new Grassroots Coaching structure.
Given that coaches are allowed to take these grassroots courses in ANY order; NSC encourages all of our coaches to complete both the online and in person course that aligns with the current level in which they are coaching.
NSCJA COACHES – Grassroots 4v4 Course
3rd/4th Grade Coaches – Grassroots 7v7 Course
5th/6th Grade Coaches – Grassroots 9v9 Course
7th Grade & UP Coaches – Grassroots 11v11 Course
As coaches continue with Needham Soccer Club and move through the age groups, they are encouraged to work up the license pathway. Licenses are also one of our criteria taken into consideration when it comes to selecting coaches for BAYS Travel teams. Needham Soccer Club periodically hosts these courses in town. While you can also find a master list of courses being held across the state at Mass Youth Soccer.